Business Naming Examples

“In today’s overcommunicated society, a say-nothing name isn’t good enough to cut it in the human mind. What you must look for is a name that begins the positioning process. Like Head & Shoulders shampoo, Intensive Care skin lotion, and Close-up toothpaste.”

“RCA as a company, of course, is no longer with us. Even if your initials stand for something in the short term, as RCA’s initials did, you will generally weaken your company in the long term. Make no mistake about it. Initials make weak brand or company names.”
--Positioning; The Battle for Your Mind

Examples of business names that communicate their brand promise:

  • Jiffy Lube
  • DieHard Batteries
  • Terminix Pest Control
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Powerade
  • Coppertone Tanning Lotion
  • Miracle-Gro
  • Ziploc
  • Home Depot
  • Foot Locker

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7 questions to ask to determine a good name:

  1. Is it easy to spell?
  2. Is it easy to say?
  3. Is it original?
  4. Is it universal?
  5. Does it convey what your company does?
  6. Is it memorable?
  7. Can you grow with this name, or will it become obsolete?